Friday, December 16, 2022

Friday Writings #57: Repeating Oneself

Hello again, dear Wordsmiths!

Remember Sunra Rainz’s delightful blitz poem, shared with us a few weeks ago? You may refresh your memory here.

She used the pattern of repetitions specified by the form to magical effect (especially as combined with particular words chosen from another source). It got me thinking about repetition – about both the music and the power that repetition can give our writing.

So this week I invite you to use repetition in your own writing – whether of words, phrases or sounds (e.g. the sound of a particular letter, or combination of letters).  If you would like to try a blitz poem, please do! The instructions are here. But you may use any form you like, or none.


(Repetitive illustration by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash.)

 If you prefer to share something off-prompt, you may do that too.

Guidelines: new writing or old, poetry or prose, one post per person, and a maximum of 369 words.
Holiday Break
And now we're all going on holiday (at least from P&SU) for the next three weeks! We'll be back on January 6, when Magaly will see us into the new year with our next prompt: Reclaim, Rekindle, Rebirth.
We wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, a Blessed Solstice – or whatever you may wish to be wished. May we all have a peaceful and joyous time! 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Friday Writings #56: Cozy

I finally got around to getting the family’s summer clothes away to pull out our winter things. There’s a feeling of delight I get when I start taking my comfy clothes out of the attic and put them into my closet, especially when I think of how cozy I’ll feel wearing a favorite sweater or super warm pair of leggings. What’s your favorite winter thing to wear?

In honor of my chunky sweaters, this week’s optional prompt is cozy. Use the word in whichever way feels right in a piece of poetry or prose. Or share an older piece instead. Just please be sure to keep your pieces to 369 words or fewer, and one entry per person please.

Next week, to close us out for 2022, Rosemary will invite us to use repetition in our writing. 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Friday Writings #55: Bleeding Hearts

Greetings, my dear poets and storytellers. The year is nearly over. Can you believe it? Some of you are probably excited about the upcoming holiday season, but my own elation comes from the fact that this November and December bring (or brought back) some of my favorite TV shows: Criminal Minds, His Dark Materials, and the show that inspired today’s prompt, Wednesday. 

What does this have to do with today’s optional prompt? Well, you see, I wrote a short story about Wednesday Addams some years back, and I was a bit shocked when I tried to remember what the story was about… and remembered almost nothing. All I could recall was something about a bleeding heart or bleeding hearts. So, of course, inviting you to create poetry or prose that includes a bleeding heart (figuratively or literally) made complete sense… in my head.

If your muse and you aren’t in a bleeding-heart sort of mood, share any piece you prefer. Let said piece be new or old, fiction or nonfiction, short or longish (369 words or fewer). Add the direct link to your post; one link per participant, please. Visit other writers to read (and comment on) what they’ve chosen to bleed into ink and share.

next week, Rommy will ask us to write about coziness or something that makes us feel cozy.

Alin Luna - on Unsplash

Michael Olszak - on ArtStation 

Yep, bleeding hearts come in all sorts of shapes and shades and such… 😘